Monday, December 17, 2012

CtG Week 12 - plagues, projects, hospital visits, and Legos

Here are a few highlights from our week...

We have been busy with the Legos!!! The kids are in a FREE online monthly Lego class offered by If your kids are interested in Legos, you should go check it out! They offer several other FREE online classes as well. My kids have loved participating in them :-D

Here is what my daughter made last month.

And this is what my son is working on this month. This project has been a little different. Instead of making it all in one class, it is more of an advent where they make a little each day.

For the History of Art, the kids painted rocks. Don't their little rabbits look cute?

We were able to catch up on a few of the activities we missed last week. We were really surprised at the accuracy of the Egyptian measuring tools.  

I know it is hard to see from the picture, but the sun dial shadow is cast toward the 2 o'clock position and it was about 2pm when we did this experiment.

We timed the water clock in 30 second increments. When we ran the water back through, sure enough, the increments still measured out at 30 seconds.


We were also able to get in one of the activities we missed last week in science. It was pretty interesting to learn more about leaves and color changes.

We gathered up green leaves, cut and crushed them, then mixed in a little nail polish remover. 
Then, we cut up and hung a coffee filter piece into the mash and watched the different colors absorb up into the filter.
It's hard to see, but there is a lot of green and a little hint of red and yellow closer to the top.

As intelligent as the Egyptians were concerning measurements, time, seasons, writing, etc..., they were just plain dumb when it came to the things of God. My kids were baffled and somewhat amused at the ridiculous gods the Egyptians created and worshipped. My daughter read Romans 1:25, "They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served something created instead of the Creator..."Well, that's just dumb", she said and I'd have to agree.

On Wednesday, while the kids were outside playing during their morning break, I decorated their school areas with all sorts of frogs...ya know, for an added affect to the frog plague passages we had read earlier. They had a lot of fun with that.

On Thursday, I planned to do the same with the flies, except, my plan was to have them all in place before the kids woke up. This didn't really happen

Pediatric ICU

I got a distressing phone call from my sister early that morning when I was about half way through with the flies. My heart just sank. Her little 11 month old girl was not doing well and she was frantic. Neither of us really knew what was wrong with her. I am 2 hours away from her or else I would have rushed right over. My sis said her baby was just staring off into space not really responding and just not acting herself. Only one thing to do we decided....get that baby to the ER! 

While she was on her way there, I sent texts and called family members asking everyone to pray. I was upset and worried and crying on and off that I couldn't really concentrate on getting school lessons ready for the day. So....we scrapped school for that day (and the next) and we prayed for 'Chunky Monkey' (that is what we like to call my sis' little girl) and made preparations to make the trip over to the hospital. My husband took an early vacation from work and a few hours later, we were there helping in whatever way we could for the next few days.

A LOT has happened (too much to write here), but, in short, 4 terribly long days and sleepless nights later, 'Chunky Monkey' was released to come home. They have an MRI and other neurological appointments scheduled in the near future, but for now, they are thinking seizures of some sort.   

Good news is...'Chunky Monkey' is doing much better and is glad to be back home with mom, dad, and 2 little, but older brothers :-D

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